Work From the Beach? Hawaii is Handing Out Free Trips to New Yorkers

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If the big-city grind is burning you out, perhaps what you need is a change of scenery. Here to help is Hawaii’s tourism department, which is offering a one-week, all-inclusive residency to six hardworking professionals from New York City, as Travel+Leisure spotted.

The new program, called Work From Hawaii, is run by Hawaii Tourism United States (HTUSA), the marketing contractor for the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The package—valued at $10,000—includes round-trip airfare from New York City, an eight-day stay in one of six locations in Hawaii, access to a workspace, and additional activities related to food, culture, and adventure.

Slated for September 2018, each of the residencies is tailored to a different profession. App developers can get inspired at a high-tech lab overlooking Maui, while musicians can record from a sound studio on the Big Island of Hawaii, and writers can take respite in quiet Molokai. There are also opportunities for designers, photographers, and entrepreneurs located on Oahu, Kauai, and Lanai.

In addition to living and working in one of New York City’s five boroughs, qualified applicants must be between the ages of 24 and 36. They also need to have a public Instagram account, as they will be asked to share their experiences on social media. According to the official rules, the six winners will be chosen by a panel of judges based on categories like their social media presence, enthusiasm about the prize, and "suitability for promotional use." The application form asks about your work background, what projects you would work on if chosen, and “why working from Hawaii would help you come back better at your craft.”

A poll by HTUSA of 1000 Americans revealed that 60 percent of millennials have worked while on vacation, and 83 percent say they feel more productive when they work outside of a traditional office setting. The Work From Hawaii program “celebrates the career-minded traveler —especially New Yorkers, who do everything in service of their hustle,” Jay Talwar, Senior Vice President of Hawaii Tourism United States, said in a statement.

While the pilot program is limited to residents of New York City, the tourism agency hopes it could someday be adopted in other cities. Until then, all of the suggested itineraries can be booked by the general public starting in October.

Ready to say aloha to a new office near the beach? You can apply online here. Applications close June 4.

[h/t Travel+Leisure]

This London Pub Might Be the Most Ethical Bar in the World

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Pub owner Randy Rampersad is doing his part for sustainability. In June, he opened the Green Vic—a play on the fictional Queen Vic pub in the soap opera EastEnders—in the East London neighborhood of Shoreditch. The Telegraph reports it’s aiming to be the world’s most ethical pub: Rampersad eschews plastic and paper straws and opts for gluten-free wheat “straws.” He sources the bar's 100 percent recycled toilet paper from green-minded company Who Gives a Crap, and the communal wooden tables are upcycled.

“I wanted to make the world a better place and run my own business, but I was waiting for that eureka moment,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. He discovered no one had done anything like this before.

There’s no meat on the menu—the food is totally vegan, healthy-ish pub grub. You can add CBD oil to the “chkn" bites appetizer, and the burgers are made from ingredients like soy, seaweed, and sweet potato. The beers are produced by ethical brewers, too: Toast Ale uses unsold loaves and crusts of bread; Good Things Brewing crafts its beer from 100 percent renewable energy; South Africa’s Afro Vegan Cider donates money to an organization that funds equal pay for female farmers; and Brewgooder donates to water projects.

In fact, everything the Green Vic does has charity in mind. “We don't care about the money, I’m planet first and profit after,” Rampersad told The Telegraph. Up to 80 percent of its profits will go to charitable causes, including local food banks. As for the staff, one in four are from marginalized groups. The Green Vic plans to operate as a three-month pop-up pub while scouting for longer term investment.

The Cat Sanctuary That Sits Near the Ancient Roman Site Where Julius Caesar Was Murdered

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Cats will sleep anywhere—even in ancient ruins. Located in Rome, Colonia Felina di Torre Argentina is a cat sanctuary on the site where conspirators stabbed Julius Caesar 22 times outside the Theatre of Pompey, on March 15 44 BCE. Centuries later, in 1929, Mussolini excavated the area to reveal four temples that are 20 feet below the street level. Today, it’s the oldest open-air spot in Rome.

Bystanders can view the temple complex known as Largo di Torre Argentina from the fenced-off street, but according to Conde Nast Traveler, after a $1.1 million restoration process, the sanctuary will open to tourists in the second half of 2021. For now, the only living things allowed in the sacred area (area sacra) are feral cats.

According to Colonia’s website, they are "the most famous cat sanctuary in Italy” and also the oldest in Rome. Many of the cats fall into the special needs category: Some are disabled, missing part of a paw, or are blind; the special needs and elderly cats live in a walled-off area. Volunteers—a.k.a. gattare, or cat ladies—take good care of them, and some cats are available for adoption.

Atlas Obscura reports that “since the mid-1990s, the population has grown from about 90 to a peak of 250” cats and notes that the sanctuary has a spay/neuter program. From the street, visitors can watch gatti like the three-legged Pioppo and Lladrò—known as “poisonous kitten” because of how angry he was when he got there—sunbathe and sleep under pillars.

It’s unclear if the cats are respecting Caesar or disrespecting the fallen leader. However, a gift shop is open to visitors, and people can donate money toward the cats and/or volunteer.

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